Norma Monroe is driving home from her job as a teacher's aide at Boudreaux Elementary in Terrytown, La., a suburb of New Orleans, when she is asked:

"Can you recall a favorite Mother's Day gift from your son?"

Her son just happens to be Pistons center Greg Monroe.

Today will mark the second Mother's Day of Monroe's NBA career, so we wonder what elaborate gifts a promising pro basketball player could provide.

A new ride, perhaps? Maybe even a brand-new house?

But Norma goes back to a time shortly before the Pistons used the No. 7 pick of the 2010 draft on Greg, a Georgetown product. It was just over a month before draft night when Monroe handed his mother a simple card with a strong message.

She can't recall what it said on the card verbatim, but Monroe told his mother that it was now his turn.

It was his turn to provide, to nurture, to give back.